Gathering with Gratitude - Homeschool and Preschool Blog
Zak Kozlowski, April 7, 2017
Tuesday Homeschool at West Hill
Tuesday Homeschoolers set goals this week for their Spring together. Each member shared what skills they wanted to master at Primitive Pursuits before the end of the spring. Goals range from competency with the bow-drill method of fire, scout-like movement through the land, improved natural navigation, and Karate! The responses were recorded on stones so that the instructors can plan to mentor each individual.
It was not all planning for the spring, though. Seizing the day, a version of capture the flag with tug of war was created! The rain was a welcome companion throughout the day, and the mud was spectacular.
Thursday Homeschool at East Hill
We spent time in small groups this week, as well as a big game in the afternoon for the entire large Thursday group.The game was memorable, as it involved all the kids acting sly and stealthy like a fox. The foxes needed courage to avoid coyote instructors while listening for two calling turkeys.The turkeys stayed well hidden, and many foxes succeeded in finding the turkey, turning into a songbird, joining the chorus echoes!
Small group time was productive. The wandering wood gnomes started a focused study on tree buds, and each member of the clan selected a tree they could not identify and sat with the tree, journaling descriptive characteristics based on bark, habitat, and buds.
The mythical mink clan started weaving their hoop baskets today. Hemlock roots were one of the materials used, so Jenn introduced us to seeing the hemlock for more than just a tree and we're sure the trees were hugging us back when we wrapped our arms around them in thanks and connection :)
The Lost Village clan experienced what it’s like to find their way out of the deep woods. They were prepped with the challenge of walking in a straight line, blindfolded. This challenge is always a fun one to try, and to watch others doing!
The Tracking clan did an excellent job cleaning up an old campsite, and they were rewarded for their digging with a treat: wild-harvested walnuts and fresh syrup.
Ithaca Forest PreschoolWe took advantage of the strong sun and warm soil this week. As the sun shone down, new shades of green were spotted unfolding from the earth.
Some of our “senior” preschoolers can accurately describe some wild edibles plants very well.
Of course, an instructor must approve any plant before one can consume. Still, A preschooler was totally able to teach the identification of Zak’s favorite edible plant – Garlic Mustard. All the children of the Preschool got to taste the pesto version with crackers.
Other tasks this past week included building a bridge across the creek, uncovering worms, and learning about archery.